August 22

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Looking Glass Adventures

Looking Glass Adventures is located on the Danforth, just under Bell’s Martial Arts.  We’ve been chatting with Gamesmaster Christine for a few months prior to her opening and she invited us this month to try her room.  We arrived at the location and noticed the door (as indicated on their website).  We made our way to their lobby and Gamemaster Christine and Alexandra greeted us.  Just before they brought us in the room, they played back an answer machine message (which was part of the story) and we started our adventure.

Creativity and Design (aka its Fancy level): – Was it inventive ? Did it fit the theme?
Score : 4.0 of 5.0

The story begins with you getting a message from your eccentric uncle and now you’re entering his apartment to uncover his secrets.  The room definitely covers the eccentric part with retro props and technology.  The props were real and fit the set design as well.  As the story progresses we felt some of the later elements needed a little more polish, but in-order to keep the room family-friendly we can understand the design choices.  Overall the story is told well and is very engaging.

Bells and Whistles: Was it just lockboxes throughout the Room?
Score:  5.0 of 5.0

The bells and whistles in this room were clever, unique and fun.  If you’re sick of seeing laser rooms (like I am) this room offers a few unique and simple designs that will entertain both adults and children.  There doesn’t seem to be much room for error and no real chance of safety related issues.

Intuitive (aka Frustration Level):  Did you have to be in the designers mind to escape?
Score:  5.0 of 5.0

The strongest point about this room is actually its puzzle design.  We were never frustrated and was able to see what puzzles/clues related to one another.  With no need for major logical leaps and very clear direction we escaped the room in half the allotted time.  This room is highly recommended for new players, which in our case we brought a team of 4 experienced players (but still had fun).

The hint system uses a telephone that’s in the room which will call/connect you with the gamemaster.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?

As we mentioned above, we’ve been chatting with Gamemasters Christine for a few months prior to visiting.  Before deciding to open her escape venue, she did explore various places in the city before putting together her own.  One of her goals was also to provide a family-friendly experience, which isn’t too common in the GTA (which her room successfully achieves).

The price was $25 / adult and $15 / child (6-12 years old), which is one of the only places in Ontario to offer a different price for kids.  I know if I had kids, I’d appreciate the discounted price (because we’ve spent far too much just going out on our own)

Overall:  
Looking Glass Adventures has all the right stuff for a successful venue: a passionate gamemaster, a simple design and a focus on fun.  We guarantee you or your kids will leave there with a smile.

For more information check out:

http://www.lookingglassadventures.com/
2200 Danforth Ave
Toronto, Ontario

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